Sam Docherty shares his cancer journey, thanking his Carlton teammates for their support

Carlton’s co-captain, Sam Docherty, has opened up about his second battle with testicular cancer, revealing that he “feels good” and has “passed” the first half of his chemotherapy treatment.

The Blues defender said he was ‘speechless’ at the overwhelming support shown to him, especially from his teammates at Carlton who will shave their heads on Friday to raise money for the Peter Mac Cancer Foundation .

“I wanted to thank everyone who contacted me, [I] I appreciate kind words and gestures, ”Docherty said in a social media post Tuesday night.

“I can’t believe the amount of support and generosity we are receiving for the @petermaccancercentre.

“I have experienced firsthand the incredible work nurses and doctors do every day and I am proud to be able to help raise funds and spread awareness of an incredible foundation. The money raised will have a significant impact on so many. fights against all types of cancer.

Sam Docherty underwent chemotherapy for 12 weeks following a recurrence of testicular cancer. (

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“What started out as buddies wanting to show some support has turned into something I never could have imagined and I’m speechless at the support of [the] wider community and in particular @patrickcripps @lillosullivan and @carlton_fc.

“Even though there are difficult times, I am doing very well and I was successful in the first half of my treatment. There is not much left in this area.”

Blues captain Patrick Cripps, who organized Friday’s head shave initiative and set up the fundraising page, invited everyone to join in and share on their social media.

“On Friday October 8, join a number of players as we shave our heads in support of Sam,” Cripps wrote on the fundraising page.

A group of AFL players leaving the field together
Carlton players support their teammate Sam Docherty (right).(

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“We’ll be posting before and after photos as well as videos, and we would love you to do the same and tag the Carlton Football Club and the Peter Mac Foundation.

“We also want to raise funds for the Peter Mac Foundation to support their discovery of cures for cancer. We hope to raise $ 5,000.

Geelong defender Zach Tuohy will join his former Carlton teammates in shaving his head after spending three years alongside Docherty in the Blues.

“Next week I will be joining some of my former teammates and shaving my head in support of @dochertysam and the battle he is currently waging,” Tuohy said in a social media post.


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